The border crisis has become a PR issue for Boston-based furniture company Wayfair.
The company was set to supply beds and other furniture pieces to a camp at the southern border that is housing migrant children. These young asylum seekers have entered the national spotlight amid reports of appalling conditions and politicking from presidential hopefuls.
Now, Wayfair’s employees are protesting the company’s involvement with the detention centers, some of which are being run by for-profit enterprises.
Organizing under the newly formed group, Wayfair Walkout, workers are demanding the e-commerce furniture giant cease all current and future business with contractors operating detention centers and establish an ethics code that “empowers employees to act in accordance with Wayfair’s core values.”
The group sent a letter to the company’s leadership last week, signed by 547 employees, calling for the end of operations that furnish detention centers.